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Privacy Policy

Introduction

brainVentures Network takes the private nature of your personal information very seriously. This Privacy Policy (which we adapted from a policy originally provided by Automattic (WordPress.com)) describes how we treat the information we collect when you visit and use any website available from sm00sh and is made available under the Creative Commons Sharealike license. Please read this notice very carefully. It is brainVentures Network‘ policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, brainVentures Network collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. brainVentures Network‘ purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how sm00sh visitors use its website. From time to time, brainVentures Network may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

sm00sh also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. brainVentures Network does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below. Please be aware that brainVentures Network cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of other sites, including those to which we link or whose products or services we reference. We encourage you to read the terms of use and privacy statements of each Web site you visit.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to brainVentures Network websites choose to interact with sm00sh in ways that require brainVentures Network to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that sm00sh gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for an account at sm00sh to provide use their OpenID address or FacebookConnect and only recollect the amount of personal information that you may made available throughout those services. Those who engage in special transactions with sm00sh are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, brainVentures Network collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with sm00sh. brainVentures Network does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

sm00sh may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, sm00sh may monitor the most popular links on the site. sm00sh may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, sm00sh does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

sm00sh discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on brainVentures Network‘ behalf or to provide services available at brainVentures Network websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using brainVentures Network websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. brainVentures Network will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, brainVentures Network discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when brainVentures Network believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of brainVentures Network, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a brainVentures Network website and have subscribed a newsletter or a website feed, brainVentures Network may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with brainVentures Network and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. brainVentures Network takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information. However, if brainVentures Network or any of its products is sold to a new owner, whether by merger, stock sale, asset sale or other means, we retain the right to transfer your profile, Site Data and all other content, data and information to this new owner, provided the owner agrees to respect the Privacy Policy in effect with respect to this personal data.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. sm00sh uses cookies to help brainVentures Network identify and track visitors, their usage of brainVentures Network websites, and their website access preferences. sm00sh visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using brainVentures Network‘ websites, with the drawback that certain features of brainVentures Network websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, sm00sh may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in brainVentures Network‘ sole discretion. brainVentures Network encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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